CORVALLIS, Ore. (BRPROUD) — The Oregon State University Board of Trustees announced F. King Alexander has submitted his resignation.
This comes on the heels of allegations that Alexander failed to do his part in sexual misconduct cases on the Louisiana State University campus. Alexander’s resignation goes into effect on April 1.
We now know that rebuilding trust is no longer possible,” Rani Borkar, Chair of the OSU Board of Trustees, said. “We admit when we make mistakes, and we always seek to improve.”
Alexander is on administrative leave until his resignation goes into effect. He has been given a hefty settlement of $670,000 as well as medical benefits for a year.
The 57-year-old apologized for what any hurt he caused in the community.
“I offer my resignation to Oregon State University to allow us to move on. Students have and always will be my top priority,” Alexander said.
At one point, OSU board member Lamar Hurd became emotional. He tearfully explained why he believes Alexander’s resignation is for the best.
“There is a commitment to making sure moving forward we get it right,” Hurd said.
The board placed Alexander on probation last week. Alexander is now the second LSU leader to be ousted from other universities. Former head football coach Les Miles was the first. Still, LSU, the epicenter of the controversy, has fired no one.
Members of the OSU Board of Trustees believe this is a step towards healing. Board members say no tuition or tax dollars will be used to pay Alexander. OSU has placed Provost Edward Feser as the interim president.
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